Saturday 31 December 2022

L is for... Louis (XV)

The Doctor encountered Louis XV, King of France, when his mistress Madame de Pompadour was being stalked by service robots from the 51st Century. The spaceship was named after her, and due to severe damage the robots believed that human components could repair it - including her brain replacing the central computer.
Louis became King in 1715 at the age of five. He first met his future mistress in 1745, when she attended a masque ball at Versailles.
The Doctor hoped to take de Pompadour travelling with him in the TARDIS, but when he next visited Versailles it was 1764, and she had just died. Louis gave him a letter which she had left for him.
Louis died ten years later.

Played by: Ben Turner. Appearances: The Girl in the Fireplace (2006).
  • Louis succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV - the Sun King. He was in turn succeeded by his grandson Louis XVI, who was on the throne at the time of the French Revolution. It is believed that the seeds of the Revolution were actually sown by Louis XV, who damaged France's reputation abroad and made the monarchy unpopular at home.

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